Raycom’s WWBT, its NBC affiliate in Richmond, Va., aired an investigative series that exposed how 125 companies delinquent in paying their taxes are being rewarded with government contracts. The story has national implications since the companies named are all over the country. The project is part of the new Raycom National Investigative Unit which was […]
The story has national implications since the companies named are all over the country.
The project is part of the new Raycom National Investigative Unit which was launched earlier this year.
“The project is a collaboration of stations,” writes Steve Ackermann, Raycom’s VP of news.
The investigation, led by Lee Zurik, who heads Raycom’s investigative unit, began airing back in February on WVUE, Raycom’s Fox affiliate in New Orleans.
Zurik’s investigative work at WVUE, where he anchors the 9 and 10 p.m. news, has won local and national recognition, including five national Edward R. Murrow awards, two Peabody Awards and a host of other prestigious journalistic honors.
But WWBT’s investigation, using new information from the IRS and the federal government, was put together by Rachel DePompa and Andy Miller, the executive producer of the Raycom Investigative Unit.
“Many Raycom stations are doing their own version of the story,” says Ackermann.
I think this user comment from WWBT’s Facebook page sums up how most of us feel about this situation.
Wow. The average person would have their paycheck seized and fines, interests, and possibly jail!
Dana Sestak Paris